Suggestion: it’s going to be a good autumn for David Wingo, a musician perhaps best known for his work with filmmaker David Gordon Green. The end of October brings with it the opening of Gentlemen Broncos, a Jared Hess-directed comedy about science-fiction writers, for which Wingo composed the score. Come November, Belly of the Lion, his second album recorded under the name Ola Podrida, will be released on Western Vinyl. It’s a rich, textured work, edging Wingo’s Americana-focused concerns into a territory that sounds — dare I say it — pretty close to… Read More
Does anyone else find it kind of strange that the writer/director of Napoleon Dynamite (Jared Hess) is directing a film that stars Mike White (the writer of The School of Rock, Orange County, The Good Girl). No? Moving on. Gentlemen Broncos is Hess’ follow up to Nacho Libre. It’s about a home-schooled teenager who gets shipped off by his mother (Jennifer Coolidge) to the best writer’s camp in the state, only to have a famous fantasy author (Flight of the Conchords’ Jermaine Clement) steal his material, add some questionable suffixes, and turn his hero into a trannie. In the trailer, Sam Rockwell (who has become the Kevin Bacon of indie film) acts out scenes from both “versions” of the book. … Read More
It’s a classic tale. When filmmaker JARED HESS debuted NAPOLEON DYNAMITE he shot from unknown to everyone’s favorite indie director in less time than it takes to sketch a liger.
But then came NACHO LIBRE, a film that left the vast majority of audiences over the age of seven nonplussed.
For his next feature, Hess… Read More